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Posted: Friday, November 26, 2010

Nikiski Teen Night

The Nikiski Community Recreation Center's next Teen Night for 13 to 18-year-olds is Friday, Dec. 10, 7 to 10 p.m., with an "Ugly Sweater" theme. Help support the food drive by bringing two cans or $2 and win prizes for the "best" sweater. For more information please call 776-8800.

Silent auction this week

This week's 1st Thursday Reception features the Peninsula Art Guild's Winter Silent Auction at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 816 Cook Ave., Old Towne Kenai, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bidding opens on a wide selection of art objects donated by local artists and art supporters. Bidding runs through Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Contact KFAC, 283-7040, for more information.

Book signing for "The Loose Zoo"

The Kenai Fine Art Center hosts a book signing by author Brent Johnson illustrator Laura Faeo for their children's book, "The Loose Zoo," Saturday, Dec. 4, 1 to 4 p.m. Jazz gGuitarist J.D. Uponen will also perform, noon to 4 p.m. KFAC, 816 Cook Ave., Kenai.

Potter's Christmas sale

The Kenai Potter's Guild Potter's Annual Christmas Sale takes place Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 816 Cook Ave., Kenai. A wide selection of pottery on sale. Great prices.

'Hat Day' at Ninilchik Senior Center

The Ninilchik Senior Center hosts "Hat Day" Friday, Dec. 10. At the noon lunch we will hold a free lunch ticket drawing for anyone who participates. To qualify to win a person only needs to wear a hat, but we do encourage creativity. Call 907-567-3988 for information.

Ninilchik holiday party coming

The Ninilchik Senior Center annual Christmas party will be held Wednesday, Dec. 22, following the noon meal. Participate in a Chinese gift exchange with a $10 gift limit. Call 907-567-3988 for details.

Note that the Ninilchik Senior Center will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 2.

Kenai choir performs

The Kenai Central High School Concert Choir presents its annual Winter Concert Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. The program will consist of a variety of pieces, such as Angelic Christmas Fanfare, Ave Maria, Gesu Bambino and Gloria In Excelsis Deo. The choir will be accompanied by Maria Allison and Mim McKay on piano; the Christ Lutheran Bell Choir, under the direction of Elaine Larson; and additional percussion instruments played by Joy Wannamaker, Abbi Wonser Deborah Sounart. Donations at the door are welcome.

Kenai Library gift drawing

In keeping with tradition, all library cardholders are invited to enter two holiday drawings. This year's drawings will take place Dec. 17 during the Holiday Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a youth gift bag and an adult gift bag. Be sure to look for the entry display the next time you visit the library.

Come see the tree lighting

The Soldotna Chamber presents the 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Wednesday Dec. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Soldotna CES. Come join us for cookies, hot cocoa and hay rides. Bring your camera and take pictures with Santa. For more information call the Chamber, 262-9814.

Women's cancer support group meets

A Women's Cancer Support Group meets on the last Monday of each month at Soldotna Bible Chapel, 300 W. Marydale, in Soldotna, at 11:30 a.m. The next meeting is Monday, Nov. 29. For information call 953-9343 or 262-6332.

Fair trade items for sale

It's time for our annual Ten Thousand Villages Sale that provides fantastic fair trade items from around the world.

Our sales' days are Friday, Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Soldotna United Methodist Church on Binkley, behind Safeway.

Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. This income helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit program of Mennonite Central Committee (

Your fair trade purchase of handmade jewelry, home decor and gifts helps improve the lives of thousands of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Fair Trade chocolate from SERRV will also be available.

For more info, call Susie at 283-7469.

Boy Scouts District Committee meets

The Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America Tustumena District will be holding its District Committee meeting on Dec. 2, 6 p.m., at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. All District Committee members and commissioners need to attend. Directly following will be our District Round Table from 7 to 8 p.m. Youth Protection training will start from 8 to 8:30 p.m. All registered adults must take this training, and this will be the last group session for the year. Recharter packets will be picked up as well. Please contact Jodi Stuart, 283-1699, Tustumena District Executive for more information.

Brown Bears support Toys for Tots

The Kenai River Brown Bears is hosting a Toys for Tots night Friday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The Brown Bears are playing the Fairbank Ice Dogs. Toys will be available for purchase at the event. There will be a toy toss during the first period break. Hit the Hummer and win a prize. All toys collected will stay on the Kenai Peninsula. Find us on Facebook for more information -- search for Kenai River Brown Bear or Toys for Tots Kenai Peninsula.

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